The Washington American Legion’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display will be held Friday, July 4, at the Washington Fairgrounds.

Fireworks will begin at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. Gates will open at 4 p.m.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will take place Saturday, July 5.

The south gate of the Washington Fairgrounds will be handicap accessible, John Brinker, Legion commander, said.

This year’s display will feature about 200 more shots than in the past.

“It sounds like the weather is going to cooperate,” Brinker said. “Hopefully everyone comes and has a good time.”

To help raise funds, the Post 218 baseball program boys baseball team and volunteers will man the food stand where they will cook and sell snacks during the display. Beer and soda also will be available.

During the fireworks, the teams will walk around the fairgrounds with buckets to collect donations for the display.

A freewill donation also will be collected at the gate to help with the expense of the fireworks.

No outside food, coolers or bottles other than baby bottles will be allowed in the park. Pets are not allowed.

The Legion said it depends on people and businesses donating to keep the fireworks show alive. Donations may be mailed to the American Legion, 1007 E. Third St., attention: Fireworks, Washington, MO 63090.